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From there to where?

As I contemplated this post earlier this morning I considered beginning it with “Some Rusters may remember Saint and Greavsie …” because I wanted to reference the catch-phrase of Jimmy Greaves (“It’s a funny old game …”) in the context of my intended theme-for-the-day of Life being [...]

March 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

Promenade Des Anglais

As our group strolled the Promenade Des Anglais yesterday morning in the brightest of weather with a turquoise sea I was sad that our cycling correspondent Guy Danaway was not with us as there was a terrific exhibition of photographs on it called The Tour in Nice to celebrate Le Grand Depart from [...]

March 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Nice

I too was pleased to return to Nice. As travel correspondent I have travelled far and widely but for the variety of each resort the Riviera takes some beating. It was in Edwardian times a winter destination but the story goes that it all started when an English traveller did not venture into Italy [...]

March 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

Pleased to be back

Over recent years nothing excites me more travel-wise than to return to Nice in spring. In the 1970s and 80s I felt this way about New York. It was a city of vitality and energy living on its commercial, financial and sexual edge. At Plato’s Republic and the flop houses anything and everything [...]

March 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

A drink in a pub

Last night I went for a drink with a Kiwi in his early seventies whom I first met in the sauna at my local health club six or seven years ago. He’s the sort of the cheerful chap who will strike up a conversation with anyone and everyone he comes across, as I had seen him doing habitually doing [...]

March 28, 2019 // 1 Comment

The art of getting the genie back in the bottle

It is in the nature of things that the ingenuity of Man will always outstrip his ability to control the product(s) of his inventions and therefore – should he attempt to do so – his attempts will lag way behind the actualité. In warfare, whether it be developing a fast-repeating machine [...]

March 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

It’s that time of life

Eventually age catches up with you, we all know that because we see it around us all the time. I get reminded of it every time I meet up with an old friend after an embarrassing number of years and – comparing how they were in my mind’s eye (i.e. when I last saw them) to how they are now – [...]

March 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

Reflections upon a giant

Earlier this month on this organ fellow Ruster Henry Elkins posted a thought-provoking review of Andrew Roberts’ biography Churchill: Walking with Destiny (Allen Lane, £35), see here – NATIONAL RUST A week or so later I called him to salute his effort because by chance last December I had [...]

March 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

The monstrous Army on the march

The problems with supposed equality, political correctness and the advance of women generally are, firstly, that females cannot necessarily have it all and, secondly, rightly or wrongly, the vast majority of those campaigning so effectively for the cause are those middle class plus, talented, [...]

March 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

Women and elite motor sport

Last night as I retired to bed – shortly after 9.30pm I think it was, though I wasn’t taking note of the time – I turned on Radio Five Live and, as I began drifting away, caught a ten minute segment of a discussion feature upon the issues facing young female motor racing drivers [...]

March 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

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